Dec 12, 2012 1:00pm PST
korea is on its way to developing technology to launch a rocket at the united states's west coast and hawaii. officials tell cnn that the working assumption is that the north koreans got outside help from others, including iran. so today's launch is raising some huge concerns. let's go to our pentagon correspondent barbara starr. i assume they are pretty surprised and alarmed by the successful launch over at the pentagon? >> look, wolf, because of everything you just mentioned, indeed, the u.s. military, the intelligence committee have been watching north korea for days now 24/7 because they did expect to launch and they announced it. but they were having technical problems so a lot thought it wouldn't happen until next week. when it happened last week, there was a surprise. the north korean anchor's excitement was clear. >> announcing the launch of a long-range rocket that put a north korean satellite to orbit around the earth. they clearly achieved one goal raising everyone's anxiety level. >> this is a step towards the ability to build a long-range missile that could strike par
Dec 7, 2012 1:00pm PST
the philippines. a satellite is light weight compared to a one ton nuclear war head, but a lot of technology used to put a satellite in orbit is the same technology you can use to develop long range ballistic missiles. >> because that failed launch in april, what, it stayed in the air less than a minute or so, are they basically trying to do the same thing now that they failed to do then? >> there's a lot of speculation about that and a lot of experts think that this is a very quick turn around. that launch lasted, went so quickly, there was very little chance to learn much of anything from it. there's a possibility there was one failed part that the north koreans identified. some speculate that they timed their launches in accordance with certain events. in this case, we're coming up on the one year anniversary of the death of kim john-il, so that could be a motivator for this. but a lot of experts say because of the technology involved and the difficulty in getting the launches to succeed, trying to time them to specific historical events is usually not a good way to go about things, wolf. >> c
Dec 6, 2012 1:00pm PST
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Dec 5, 2012 1:00pm PST
is for science and research. the u.s. condemns the launch saying it is the same technology that would be used to launch a ballistic missile. >>> alan simpson is cutting loose gangnam style. >> stop tweeting your breakfast. >> yes, the republican from wyoming wants to convince people to get involved with lowering the national debt. he asks young americans to use social media to sign a petition. i think that's going to be a successful marketing campaign. >> he's moving like gangnam style. >> soon you'll be doing it. >> a billion people will have seen that youtube video. >>> two prominent members of congress are standing by to join us live. they're getting ready to debate how to break the stalemate in the fiscal cliff negotiations. whether republicans should declare victory on taxes and move on. or are we all going over the fiscal cliff? let's see if we can work out a deal right here in the situation room. but it fits in your pocket. now tell the world daniel... of pepto-bismol to-go. at chevy's year-end event, we have 11 vehicles that offer an epa-estimated 30 mpg highway or better. yeah? hey.
Dec 11, 2012 1:00pm PST
did but they are testing new technology, everything from command and control to avionics, the heat shielding, things that will be used in military applications but down the road. the problem is, wolf, a lot of those folks out there that are the conspiracy theorists are not buying it. they think that the x-37 is a lot more than that. in fact, the last one that flew, flew for 469 days. 15 months in space before it landed autonomously back at the air force base in california. wolf? >> we have no idea how long this one is going to stay up there? >> no idea, wolf. no idea if it's going to be a longer or shorter mission or what exactly. but you know, there are a lot of countries around the world whose intelligence agencies sure would like to know about it as well. >> speculation continues. >> exactly. >> thank you very much. >>> at the top of the hour, we're getting new information on a missing american citizen? north korea. >>> first, a look lighter look at the day's headlines. >> killed by a drone in pakistan, al qaeda's number three men announced he's stepping down to spend more time